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Suppose I need to draw a grid in Photoshop, each square being the same size, and a certain amount of pixels tall and wide, and the grid lines having a certain pixel width. Like this:

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Currently I do this by drawing one square, copy+pasting+moving+merging it a few times to create one row, copy/pasting that a few times to create more rows above each other.

It works, but feels very clumsy, I'm sure there ought to be a more efficient way to do this?

What are some efficient methods for creating a grid of equally sized squares?

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If you have Illustrator, I'd do it there. See This:… -- then simply copy/paste to Photoshop. – Scott Nov 22 '13 at 17:54

Try using patterns. For your example of a square:

Draw your initial square and marquee-select a smaller square that includes the top and left sides only. Then select Edit > Define Pattern... and save your pattern with a name.

Next, marquee-select the area that you wish to fill. Then select Edit > Fill... , choose Use: Pattern and select your square pattern.

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Never really thought of this – Akshay L Aradhya Jan 10 at 14:50

If you are attempting to create a grid just for your benefit while designing, there's an extension named GuideGuide that will do this efficiently.

If you need the grid to be part of the design, I'd recommend creating a line using the marquee tool and then duplicating it as many times as you need, then using the Layer >> Distribute options to get them perfectly even.

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I would also recommend this plugin. – Aibrean Jul 3 '14 at 16:38

I found a quick way to solve my problem (I have PS CS4): I used "Show Grid", adjusted the size etc in Preferences, got it exactly how I wanted it, and then took a screenshot of the image, Pasted it into my file as a new layer, and trimmed it to size & scale. This will not be hi-res enough for some users, but it was super-quick and worked for my needs.

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  1. Select photoshop → preferences → guides, grids & slices.

  2. Define grid as desired

  3. Select view → show → grid; then check extras.

  4. Check view → snap to grid; then check snap.

  5. Turn on the Paths window if it isn’t already visible. Create a new path called Horizontal.

  6. Use the pen tool (P). Define a horizontal line segment at the top of the grid. Single click first on left side, then the right.

  7. Use the path selecetion tool (A, black arrow). Click on the path, hold down option (Alt) to make copies of the object.

  8. Create another new path called vertical.

  9. Use the pen tool (P). Define a vertical line segment of the grid on the left side. Single click first on the top, then the bottom.

  10. Use the path selection tool (A, black arrow). Click on the path, hold down option (Alt) to make copies of the object.

  11. Create a new layer for the grid (optional). Otherwise, the grid will be drawn on whichever layer is active.

  12. Palette window  → Select horizontal path, then choose stroke path (using foreground color) from the options submenu (click the little triangle with three lines on the upper right corner of the palette window), choose brush or pencil.

  13. Repeat previous step to stroke the vertical path.

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That is a tremendous amount of work to do it like this. – Evan Carslake Sep 11 '15 at 19:24

This method is quick and easy, although if you only want the pattern (see video)in part of your original image, I would recommend creating the grid in a separate file and converting it into a smart object. Then just drag it into your original project -

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Hi Angus, could you please explain a bit more what we'll find behind the link you provide and why it answers the question? That way, your answer is still of value in case the link breaks at a later time. Link rot is the main reason we really dislike link-only answers here. Thanks for your effort and keep contributing! – AndrewH Sep 15 '15 at 14:27

make your chosen grid in excel and then copy and paste into photoshop :)

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How can cells be made in certain dimensions in Excel? How can the grid line width be changed? This answer could use a lot more explanation – Zach Saucier Apr 16 '15 at 14:58
OMG! This answer is hilarious :P – kumar_harsh May 10 '15 at 18:32

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